Underneath the canopy of a beautiful old linden tree, a community came together today to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new park in the city of Youngstown.
Harrison Commons will be the social and nature-based center of the redesign of the Smoky Hollow neighborhood.
While the overall push to develop the surrounding property into many mixed-use properties has been slower-going because of the nationwide recession, stakeholders are moving forward in the short term with infrastructure and design improvements.
With the recent University Courtyard Apartments in the background...
...along with the metal sculptural gates at YSU's Bliss Hall...
...this new park will have some interesting design components as well.
For example, built in stone spread out on the ground at the entrance to the Park will be a replication of the Smoky Hollow neighborhood as it existed in the early 20th century.
Using old Sanborn fire insurance maps for the 1920s and 1940s, the following map was created:
Interestingly, the neighborhood contained a number of public bread ovens back in the day.
Maybe that would be a fantastic addition to existing neighborhoods in the near future? (go see our friends in Braddock PA to see how it's done)
With shovels in hand,
the space along North Walnut street is seeing new life.
Mmore information on the neighborhood plan is available at Wick Neighbors.